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Watch Obama lay down the gauntlet

Ready for a fight
Rolling Stone

Gloves come off for the midterm elections.

Reverse the tides with practical measures is the apparent theme. If Congress doesn’t act, the President will with Executive Orders. He can do that. It is legal, and he is below his allotted “quota.”

“Our job is to reverse these tides. It won’t happen right away, and we won’t agree on everything. But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.””

Here is a count of executive orders by presidents:

“Ronald Reagan
Total 381
12287 - 12667
I 213 12287 - 12499
II 168 12500 - 12667

George Bush Total 166
12668 - 12833

William J. Clinton
Total 364 12834 - 13197
I 200 12834 - 13033
II 164 13034 - 13197

George W. Bush Total 291
13198 - 13488
I 173 13198 - 13370
II 118 13371 - 13488

Barack Obama Total 168 13489 - 13656...
I 147 13489 - 13635”

“Without digressing too far from the Constitution, citizen voters should be aware that Presidents use certain tools to communicate to their staff departments such as memoranda and executive orders.

“An ‘executive order’ in the United States is an order issued by the President, the head of the executive branch of the federal government. Executive Orders are generally orders to staff of the executive branch and not to citizens. Article I, Section 1 of the US Constitution specifically reserves all federal legislative authority to Congress, not the president. In other countries, executive edicts can serve a legislative function. Such edicts may be known as decrees, or orders-in-council.”

From the Executive Orders Disposition Tables Index at the National Archives

From How to Select a President by James A. George © 2011 All Rights Reserved

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